Daily Haiku: Aug. 14, 2017

Dear Readers and Followers:

Today on The Daily Haiku, we are dong something different from the usual. Many of you are familiar with Tom Painting, longtime award-winning poet of haiku whose work is often featured on this blog. Tom is a teacher at Paideia School in Atlanta, GA (USA). In his curriculum, he includes haiku.

Below are seven haiku from one of his students, Emma Jones. Emma began writing the form as a 7th grader and is a senior this new school year.

We’re sure you will enjoy Emma’s haiku as much as we do.


Charlotte Digregorio


Below are some of Emma Jones’ published and award-winning haiku:


tinfoil boats

down the driveway

a child’s rainy day

Frogpond, Vol. 39:2, 2016


bare feet

dewy moss

between the flagstone


Frogpond, Vol. 39:2, 2016



after a baseball game

baked leather

car seats


Honorable Mention

United Nations International School

English Division, High School Category, 2016


in the ashes


wink out


First Place

United Nations International School

 English Division, Middle School Category, 2013




mint tea

fragrant steam

wakes my face


Second Prize

United Nations International School

English Division, High School Category, 2017




buried deep

in dad’s sweater

the scent of cologne



Third Prize

United Nations International School

English Division, High School Category, 2017




old folks home

a piece of her puzzle



Honorable Mention

United Nations International School

English Division, High School Category, 2017


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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10 Responses to Daily Haiku: Aug. 14, 2017

  1. What lovely verses! I thought each one was super — shows she’s got a good grasp of writing meaningful haiku. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #haiku happenings #3: Great haiku from a student of Tom Painting.

    She wrote these haiku from the time she was in seventh grade through her senior year of high school!

  3. refreshing, original voice; love the tinfoil boats and embers wink out, in particular.

  4. Paul Beech says:

    Great work. My personal favourites are “mint tea” (because I feel the steam on my own face) and “old folks home” (because of its depth of meaning).

    Well done Emma!

  5. Beautiful work. Like, Donna, I particularly loved those embers winking out.


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